|Nachos and champagne to ring in the new year. Doesn't our kitchen just look lovely? Don't mind me - I look a mess.|
Last year, that wasn't the case.
My 2015 resolutions fell apart early. I think I went wrong from the very beginning because I set these goals despite not really feeling them. They were things I wanted to accomplish, but not things I was truly feeling motivated to work toward. They fell apart, and I just didn't care to get back on track.
|Don't get me wrong, it was a solid year - I ran my highest mileage ever and accomplished some great things!|
I'm not going to set out specific resolutions this year. I've been getting more and more specific with my resolutions because I felt like SMART goals were the way to go, but I found that last year that really backfired on me. The specificity of the goals felt like a stranglehold; it was too easy to fall short.
|Sometimes SMART goals require overthinking; it's time for me to simplify.|
I decided in November. I want to end each week feeling pretty satisfied with my physical activity...but what creates that satisfaction isn't set in stone.
So that's it. No true resolutions. I'll put some more thought into races as the year goes on; for now I just have A1A on my radar. There's no reason I can't adjust and set more specific goals later in the year, and that's what I'll do when inspiration hits. Right now, I need some flexibility and freedom. Instead of following SMART, I'm going to follow KISS.
Do you prefer specific goals or flexible goals?
I am struggling with my goals this year...I too felt that 2015 was just 'pfffft'. I don't want that to be my 2016!! Did you decide to do the marathon? I can't remember seeing a post confirming.ReplyDelete
I'm not going to decide for sure until that week. The race organizer said I could upgrade at the expo for $15, so I'm waiting to see how I feel and how weather is, and I'm not going to really post much about my decision until the time comes :o)Delete
As I was thinking about resolutions yesterday, I came so the same conclusion as you. I'm not making any resolutions this year except to finish Chicago and grow as a runner.ReplyDelete
I think short and sweet is the way to go - you can really focus on your goal that way. I can't wait to see you conquer Chicago!Delete
Great resolution! 2015 was definitely not the best running year for me, but I am on the same page as you for 2016 - keeping it simple. I want to focus on my running and strength training.ReplyDelete
Even though I don't comment as much as I use to, I still read your blog and I have to tell you that I loved your marathon recap. I am so in awe of your bravery. You are an inspiration. Keep doing you Ali!
GREAT goal. :) I think I will have to steal that one for myself too. :)ReplyDelete
It seems like simple is the way to go this year!Delete
I love the idea of KISS goals & I see many people with just one word - that inspire other goals. I can't help myself but to always set SMART goals. I have improved though, once upon a time I think I had 12 goals !! ( this year only 6 :)ReplyDelete
Last year I did one word - consistency. But I did it in addition to four other goals! I think I definitely need to simplify this year haha. You halved yours; that's a good improvement!Delete
I think your goal is awesome. I like to have a general concept, but not sure I really have any goals for 2016. I'd like to be uninjured, but I already messed up that for the new year, so here's to getting healthy and staying there! I do think I could benefit from some cross training and weights, since those are the first things I drop from my scheduled when marathon training starts. I do have a plan to hit the gym twice a week, so that should hopefully materialize!ReplyDelete
I definitely need to stick with my cross training and weights more consistently this year. I think that's ALWAYS a good goal, but it's the first one I give up on haha.Delete
Nachos for new years!!!! Genius!ReplyDelete
I have no goals for the new year and I am totally okay with that. I feel like I pressure myself too much when I make goals. I'd love to stay healthy and uninjured, so I guess that could be it...lol.
You definitely deserve a more relaxed year!Delete
Keep it simple, I like that! I know what you mean about goals - sometimes they can add so much extra pressure! That's why I don't have any time-based goals for running. I look forward to seeing how it goes for you!ReplyDelete